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Forum topic by Ken90712 posted 10-20-2010 07:02 PM 1078 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-20-2010 07:02 PM

Topic tags/keywords: dust collection

Ok, Need all you great Lumberjocks to guide me with all that great knowledge you have accumulated.

I have a Shop Vac with the dust deputy on a cart thus far, Reference Project;

My problem is like alot of us fellow Lumberjocks, space. I love this set up and it works well, but it gets in the way and I get tired of moving it around and tripping over it.

My thoughts are to get a DC system and plumb it in the shop. When I’m working in the shop, I will move the DC outside the door of my shop. I will connect it with the hose to the plumbing and use a remote control to turn it on and off. This will free up floor space and lower the noise in the shop & make my shop cleaner as well.

I have read a bunch of comments about the 2 hp Harbor Freight DC and some of the others DC’s. In the last few yrs., I have tried not to go for the deals as much as looking for higher quality tools at a fair price. I hate replacing them later when I realize there not working out as well as I hoped. Realizing I should have spent the money on a higher quality tool in the first place.

I have my eye on the 1 1/2 Hp from Penn State Industries. I was wondering if anyone other than the 2 reviews I found on here have any input.

Seem to be a solid performer and the cfm’s @ 1250 seem to be inline with others I have read about.

Any help would be much appreciated fellow LJ’s

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 10-20-2010 07:44 PM

If you’re not in a big hurry, keep your eyes on Craigslist. It took me about 2 months of looking, but I picked up a Jet DC1100 for $200. It’s in excellent shape, and included 30’ of 4” hose, a couple of ‘Y’ fittings, and a couple of floor sweeps. I spent another $40 on parts to convert it to single phase 220.

I can honestly say that this unit really sucks, and in this case, that’s a good thing! :)

FWIW, I got my Performax 16-32 the same way. It took a little longer, but I couldn’t argue with the $300 price tag for a machine that looked like it had never been used.

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#2 posted 10-20-2010 10:50 PM

What machines are you connecting to? 1 1/2 will work, but 2HP or 3HP will be better.

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#3 posted 10-21-2010 05:44 PM

I’ll second the “watch craigslist” suggestion.

I got a 3hp Oneida off there earlier this year. It sucks so much you have to be careful what you feed it.

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#4 posted 10-21-2010 05:52 PM

save your duckets and get a cyclone. Penn states starts at $645. Great deal and well worth the $$ compared to a single stage.

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#5 posted 10-21-2010 06:01 PM

I don’t know about your area, but where I live, the idea of waiting on a Craigslist deal on anything dust collection related is absurd. Simply put, nobody ever seems to sell used DCs here until they are worn out, and then they still want new value for them…

I own the Harbor Freight 2HP DC, and it works exceedingly well. Now having said that, if you can save up for one, a nice mobile cyclone like the ones PSI sells, would be a good investment.

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